Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Aug 6, 2013
    80
    Haines is still a force of nature, more Uriah Heep than David Copperfield, and his sharp-tongued critiques, especially of his chosen field, though tempered with moments of sentimentality, remain as volatile as ever.
  2. Jul 25, 2013
    70
    It's not a classic and it won't get him back in the NME, but it'll more than entertain those willing to listen.
  3. Aug 13, 2013
    60
    The animals are well cast as they orbit Magic Town. [Sep 2013, p.91]
  4. Jul 25, 2013
    70
    So, very strange but oddly compelling--rather like Mr Haines himself.
  5. 60
    It’s a bit nuts, but the ominous, shimmering psychedelia of standout tracks ‘Three Frendz’ and ‘Angel Of The North’ elevate the album beyond a quirky, Watership Down-esque curiosity.
  6. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    Rock N Roll Animals is a particularly curdled creation. [Sep 2013, p.104]
  7. Sep 9, 2013
    60
    It’s successful, on the whole, and fans of this ever-refreshing Britpop behemoth will find plenty to cheer.
  8. Jul 25, 2013
    80
    Beneath the sarcastic wit lies warmth and some of his most beautiful songs since Showgirl, which glisten with Bowie-ish 12-string guitars and endearing semi-autobiographical asides.
  9. 80
    It offers an engagement with the notion of music as a lived obsession that far outstrips their mostly meagre intentions.
  10. Within the first 60 seconds it's alluded to Blue Peter and Taxi Driver in successive lines. Wind in the Willows it ain't.
  11. 80
    While this might not be among the (minimum) of three absolute masterpieces he’s created over the last two decades (pick your own), it deserves your full attention, indulgence and sick laughter all the very same.
  12. Aug 7, 2013
    80
    He's in playful mood and the tunes certainly don't suffer as a result.
  13. Jul 31, 2013
    70
    Full of sound and furry. [Sep 2013, p.89]

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